Drought not as deepas two year ago | VailDaily.com

Drought not as deepas two year ago

Cliff Thompson

You can’t compare this year’s drought to the drought of 2002 any longer.Then, it was the worst in more than 300 years, with an arid spring that set dryness records.From April 1, 2002 until the end of June of that year, just 0.13 inches of rain fell. That’s just about enough to spoil a picnic. It’s also about six inches less than average.This year, by contrast, has been positively dank, even though the precipitation levels for the year to date continue to hover in the drought category.Precipitation readings taken by longtime Avon weather watcher Frank Doll reveal that April saw 2.65 inches of moisture; May had 0.85 of an inch and so far this month 0.11 has fallen.But through the winter the water-yielding snowpack amounted to only 70 percent or less of average. It’s also the third year in a row that precipitation has been less than average.That has prompted local water providers to impose lawn watering restrictions with more on tap if the drought deepens. Cliff Thompson can be reached via e-mail at cthompson@vaildaily.com or by calling 949-0555 ext. 450.

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